Hey, how about filling Kerry’s seat with another failed presidential candidate?

posted at 11:01 am on December 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Because what America needs is more failed presidential candidates from Massachusetts on the national stage, right?  The Hill reports that Governor Deval Patrick might consider replacing John Kerry, who lost the 2004 election to George W. Bush, with someone who feels his pain, and a former governor who knows Massachusetts well and who isn’t interested in keeping the seat. And if you think I’m talking about Mitt Romney, you’re probably under 35 years of age:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, may be headed back to the political spotlight as he’s considered a likely interim replacement for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

President Obama is set to tap Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of State, according to media reports.

This means Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) needs to find someone to fill Kerry’s seat until a special election can be held in the late spring or early summer.

So what happened to Vicki Kennedy?  Good question.  The Hill’s Alexander Bolton writes that Patrick needs to find an interim appointee who won’t muddy the primary waters.  Perhaps Ted Kennedy’s widow is considering jumping into the election herself, or maybe she utterly refused to entertain the notion of holding public office, even as a placeholder.  If so, she’d be one of the few Kennedys to do so.

Dukakis would be a pretty good choice for an interim appointee, all snark aside.  He has been a loyal activist for the Democrats, campaigning on behalf of the party in each election cycle, and makes occasional talking-head appearances on the cable shows.  Presumably he’s current on issues, but he’ll end up voting the way Harry Reid tells him to vote, which is one of the key prerequisites of the job.  He won’t embarrass Patrick, and seems to have no ambition to remain in Washington.

Still, why choose a man who has been out of elective office for more than 20 years?  That seems out of touch, and makes the Democratic bench (or retirement village, as it were) looking a little thin.  Why not someone who knows Washington and can give the appointment a little more effectiveness?  Last I looked, Barney Frank was still available — unless he’s thinking about that special-election primary too.


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Who’s the guy in the picture?

Should I know him?

Guess Ed just used some clip art photo.

Bruno Strozek on December 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I nominate Mary Jo Kopechne.

Archivarix on December 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Can we just sell Taxachusetts to the Chinese already and get it over?

On the tragic loss of 20 innocent children.

SWalker on December 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Last I looked, Barney Frank was still available.

Ed, nobody is gay enough to look for Barney Frank’s availability… Right?!

Archivarix on December 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Well, John McCain is still representing us in Arizona so it all evens out.

Notorious GOP on December 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I nominate Mary Jo Kopechne.

Archivarix on December 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I second the motion!!

Khun Joe on December 17, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Mr. Dukakis is a wonderful choice…if you’ve run out of Quaaludes.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on December 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Last I looked, Barney Frank was still available.

Ed, nobody is gay enough to look for Barney Frank’s availability… Right?!

Archivarix on December 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Actually he’s married now.

vegconservative on December 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Dukakis would be a pretty good choice for an interim appointee, all snark aside. He has been a loyal activist for the Democrats, campaigning on behalf of the party in each election cycle, and makes occasional talking-head appearances on the cable shows.

Plus Mitt Romney voted for Dukakis on several occasions.

portlandon on December 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Actually he’s married now.

vegconservative on December 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Who, Ed? Or Ba… gawd, yuck. Oh well, people do marry for money, don’t they?

Archivarix on December 17, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Dukakis? Self-parody, this.

STL_Vet on December 17, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Last I looked, Barney Frank was still available

Don’t give them any ideas.

rbj on December 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Dukakis is about the best outcome for Republicans. He’s wrong on all the issues, but so would any Massachusetts Dem appointed for the job. At his age (79) he won’t run in the special election and so won’t give Dems any advantage there.

And, for all his wrongness on the issues, I always got a sense that Dukakis was a pretty decent person, which is better than I can say for most Dems.

AngusMc on December 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Last I looked, Barney Frank was still available

Nope, Barney’s off the market these days. But, in terms of a placeholder in the Senate, I actually think he’d be a better choice than Vicki Kennedy or a 79-year-old who spends half the year living in California.

But if Barney Frank wants to run for the Senate, I hope the GOP nails him to the wall over Dodd-Frank, and all the unethical and corrupt things he did while in the House.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Last add: if it is Dukakis, can they make him wear that big helmet everyday at work?

You know, the won that finished him during the election in 1988?

Khun Joe on December 17, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Dukakis would be a pretty good choice for an interim appointee, all snark aside.

Dude, he’s 79 years old. He should have retired 15 years ago.

Why do Democrats do this when they need someone in a pinch? They did the same thing a few years ago by bringing Frank Lautenberg our of retirement to run for US Senate in New Jersey. Is it nostalgia or something? Or are Democratic voters so stupid that they have to rely so heavily on name recognition alone?

UltimateBob on December 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Nothing like a fresh new face. I wonder what the Dukakis/Patrick payoff comes to, and just how old is the fossil Dukakis? Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel. You can’t beat Massachusetts for farce.

arand on December 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

So what happened to Vicki Kennedy?

Kennedys? We don’t need no stinkin’ Kennedys!

pilamaye on December 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“DUKAKIS”? What kind of a name is that???

Pat Paulsen, 1988

Del Dolemonte on December 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

But if Barney Frank wants to run for the Senate, I hope the GOP nails him to the wall over Dodd-Frank, and all the unethical and corrupt things he did while in the House.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

BWAAAAHAHAHA!!!! Really? The GOP didn’t have the stones to do anything about all that while Frank was actually in office. I have very little faith that they would do anything that bold going forward.

Honor among thieves.

UltimateBob on December 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Was 1988 the year Al Gore got exposed as the plagerist?

DanMan on December 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

But if Barney Frank wants to run for the Senate, I hope the GOP nails him to the wall over Dodd-Frank, and all the unethical and corrupt things he did while in the House.

Happy Nomad on December 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Won’t matter, this is Masachusetts.

Ted Kennedy, Barney Frank, etc.

sentinelrules on December 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM

How about Whitey Bulger?

Mr. D on December 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

How about Whitey Bulger?

Mr. D on December 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Dude!

Bruno Strozek on December 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM

So if we were talking about Mitt Romney or John McCain instead of John Kerry or Michael Dukakis, would you refer to them as a failed presidential candidate?
C’mon Ed.

RMCS_USN on December 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

So if we were talking about Mitt Romney or John McCain instead of John Kerry or Michael Dukakis, would you refer to them as a failed presidential candidate?
C’mon Ed.

RMCS_USN on December 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

You might want to look at what picture is on the front page for this post.

http://media.hotair.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/romney-wave.jpg

sharrukin on December 17, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I guess Scott Brown is out of the question.

Last I looked, Barney Frank was still available…

I’m glad I’m not eating anything right now.

JetBoy on December 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Plus Mitt Romney voted for Dukakis on several occasions.

portlandon on December 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

That was the first presidential election in which I could vote. Sad to say, I voted for Dukakis (hey, I was 18 and believed the propganda even then; I’m cured now)

right of the dial on December 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I guess Scott Brown is out of the question.

JetBoy on December 17, 2012 at 12:01 PM

For the interim appointment, yes. But he is considered a strong contender to win the seat in the special election. He lost the election last month but still had a decent favorability rating.

J.S.K. on December 17, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Scott Brown!

Would it be hilarious if he won the special election again?!?

b1jetmech on December 17, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Dukakis is still alive?

crushliberalism on December 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I’m Willie Horton and I approve this message.

dmacleo on December 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Only Democrats can find more tired, failed options for public service than, well, Republicans.
You go, Governor Patrick! Nothing like filling a valuable seat with someone who’s old, beaten, devoid of ideas and predictable. But most importantly for you and the other collectivists: PREDICTABLE.

Dear Indian Nations: We were wrong. Please take Massachusetts back.
Once you do, would you please scalp all the forked-tongue representatives of the Great White Father?
Start with Fauxcahontas. She makes you guys look bad.
Thanks.

orangemtl on December 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I nominate Mary Jo Kopechne.

Archivarix on December 17, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Is it tacky to admit that I found this funny and the first thought was how to do this?

SIGH.

kim roy on December 17, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Midgets are in vogue

Schadenfreude on December 17, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Last I looked, Barney Frank was still available.

Ed, nobody is gay enough to look for Barney Frank’s availability… Right?!

Archivarix on December 17, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Actually he’s married now.

vegconservative on December 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM

No, he’s still gay.

tom on December 17, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Nothing like a fresh new face. I wonder what the Dukakis/Patrick payoff comes to, and just how old is the fossil Dukakis? Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel. You can’t beat Massachusetts for farce.

arand on December 17, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Actually, Michael Stanley Dukakis would be a fresh face to perhaps half the electorate now.

Howie Carr in Boston would have great fun reviving Dukakis memories and jokes.

His cousin, BTW, is Olympia Dukakis, at one time a fairly well-known movie actress.

MrLynn on December 17, 2012 at 8:17 PM